GUWAHATI, July 22 - The Daily Lok Adalat, under the aegis of the Assam State Legal Services Authority, is all poised to ensure the speedy disposal of cases relating to motor accident claims, providing relief to the victims. Launched as a pilot project in Kamrup, this initiative is soon going to be extended to other districts of the State. This was announced by HK Sarma, Registrar General, Gauhati High Court, while interacting with media persons here today.
�Keeping in view the huge pendency of motor accident claim cases throughout the State and the time required to dispose of these cases, the Chief Justice (acting) of the Gauhati High Court has devised a mechanism to organise daily Lok Adalats in the Motor Accident Claims Tribunals of Kamrup district as a pilot project,� said Sarma, adding that the response was encouraging to the Daily Lok Adalat that is being held since July 20 this year here. This endeavour will cover all the districts next week.
Sarma said that around 10,000 such cases in Kamrup (Metro) would be disposed of in the span of six months. �There are about 26,000 motor accident claim cases pending in the State. We are confident that with our initiative, these cases will be disposed of speedily,� said Sarma, pointing out that on an average, 50 such cases would be disposed of daily.
It needs to be mentioned here that there will be one Lok Adalat on all working days and it will take up accident claim cases against a particular insurance company. On Wednesday, 45 cases against New India Insurance were settled and the compensation amount was to the tune of Rs 65 lakh approximately.
Sarma also said that anyone wishing to expedite their claims can approach the secretary of the District Legal Services Authority of their respective districts or the Registrar General of the Gauhati High Court or the member secretary of the Assam State Legal Services Authority.
On the other hand, for the speedy disposal of civil cases too, another pilot project has been launched in Kamrup (Metro). The Court has appointed 67 Commissioners for recording evidence and a remuneration structure for these Commissioners has already been formulated.
�This step will reduce the burden of the court, save time and accelerate the pace of disposal of the cases,� observed Sarma.